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Healthy Social Behaviors Project (HSB)

Supporting teachers to promote healthy social-emotional development and reduce the expulsion rate among young children in licensed child care centers across North Carolina.


The Healthy Social Behaviors team provides teachers and child care providers with technical assistance (TA), coaching, and training based on the Pyramid Model, a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting healthy social and emotional development in young children.

Technical Assistance & CoachingTraining

The Pyramid Model supports universal teaching practices, including an effective workforce, nurturing responsive relationships and high-quality supportive environments. Preventive strategies for targeted social and emotional supports and intensive interventions are also available. For more information about the Pyramid Model, watch this short video.

The HSB Project team’s strategies for technical assistance and coaching align with North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development and support requirements of the Environment Rating Scales to meet the needs of children in our state.

Technical assistance and coaching programs include:

  • Social Emotional Teaching Strategies (SETS) Technical Assistance: This year-long program provides knowledge about foundational strategies for pro-social classrooms along with ready-to-use materials to support those strategies.
  • Technical Assistance for Challenging Behaviors: This program addresses specific challenging behaviors in a classroom.
  • Pyramid Model Fidelity Coaching: This coaching program provides intensive training and weekly TA visits to any 0-5 classrooms interested in implementing the Pyramid Model to fidelity. Follow-up assistance to sustain Pyramid Model practices post-coaching is also provided.
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